A More Civil War

One hundred forty-six years ago, Abraham Lincoln changed American history with a three-minute speech on the battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. America is experiencing now the nearest thing to a civil war that I have seen since the protests of the 1960’s. It is a conflict, not of flesh and blood, not between north and south . . . it is a conflict of ideology.

The conflict is formulated around the current attempt of the federal government to take over the health care system. They have attempted to re-frame the discussion by changing terminology, but at its core, the war is over freedom and the right to self-determination. This bill takes freedom from people and places it irrevocably in the hands of the government.

In honor of the 16th President, and our continuing quest for freedom, I submit this piece as a tribute and as a rallying cry for citizens to stand up and be heard in this more civil, albeit very real conflict.

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Seven score and six years ago, during the days of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called forth in this country a new birth of freedom. Its aim, to preserve this nation conceived in liberty and its dedication to the idea that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a more civil war. The test of our day is not the preservation of the Union, but rather, the preservation of the ideals of our Constitution, the principles of our Republic and the Liberty of our way of Life.

Those who assemble at town meetings and call their representatives, those who speak up for the oppressed and for those who cannot speak, those who write articles and join in debate, these are the brave soldiers of our divergence. The enemy we fight is in the philosophy of the current administration and those who would slowly, but with fierce determination, chip away the foundation of our Republic—Freedom. The freedoms we defend are guaranteed by the Constitution. They have been, and are to this day, being purchased by the blood of Patriots. “It is altogether fitting and proper that we do this.”

Patriotism is not simply to love our country. To love, support and defend the ideals and philosophies that established, protected and advanced the principles of American liberty; to believe in and stand with the brave men and women who fight to defend the rights guaranteed by our Constitution, this is Patriotism.

May we now stand with renewed resolve that our Freedoms will not be taken, that our voices will not be silenced, and that our children will not be burdened with the tyranny of our debt. Let our adversaries be assured that our Patriotism shall not diminish and “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” May God bless the people of the United States of America. May we continue to be a free people and may we choose wisely when next commissioned the honor of free people to select our leaders.

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telemicus out

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